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Pope: Gay civil unions are “good & helpful to many”

Pope Francis, while re-iterating the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, added that civil unions under the state were “good and helpful to many.”

While on a trip to Hungary and Slovakia, the Pope asserted that “abortion is homicide” and that “marriage is a sacrament, between a man and a woman.”

However, he stated that gay civil unions were “good and helpful to many,” saying that while the Church “doesn’t have the power to change a sacrament as it was instituted by the Lord,” he did support civil unions to help “those who have a diverse sexual orientation.”

“If a homosexual couple wants to lead a life together, the State has the possibility to give them safety, stability, inheritance; and not only to homosexuals but to all the people who want to live together (in a civil union),” he said.

“This does not at all mean that they have to be condemned: No, they are our brothers and sisters. But marriage is a sacrament, between a man and a woman.”

Earlier this year, Francis re-affirmed the church’s teaching on homosexuality after German Catholic bishops controversially made a public show of blessing gay unions in church, defying the Pope who said “the Church cannot bless sin.”


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